Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

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Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. Jordan Caron never gave up his condo in Boston when he was shipped down to the Providence Bruins, and now hes able to move right back into those digs.

Caron was called back up to the Bruins Monday evening following the announcement that Marc Savard was placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for the rest of the season.

We liked the way he played, coach Claude Julien said of Caron. His play dipped a little bit earlier in the year and we wanted him to get some playing time. Weve done that with a few players over the years and its really worked out well. Hes been playing well in Providence and this is a chance for him to really help us out.

The physical, skilled Caron caught Juliens eye with a strong training camp, and it was only a matter of time before hed be called back up to Boston where he could help the Bruins.

Its good to be back, and being in the NHL again is a very good feeling said Caron. If Im able to play in the game tomorrow thats going to be very exciting. Im just taking it shift by shift and trying to keep it simple. Im going to take the same approach that I always do and look at it the same way I did at the beginning of the season.

Carons value comes as a big, offensively capable, penalty killing winger who would slot in comfortably with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line a role that never really suited Tyler Seguin when hed been forced into that role several times over the last few weeks.

Seguin broke a nine-game goal-scoring drought with a big third-period strike against the Stars last Thursday night, but has been held under 10 minutes of ice time in each of the last four games in a diminished role. It appears Julien wants to see a greater compete level from Seguin as the games and pressure ramp up post-All-Star break.

Hamill and Seguin are both highly skilled centers and thats what you should expect out of them, said Julien. One guy has a little bit more pro experience than the other one, and theres an age difference obviously. Those are guys that play the same kind of role, and if theyre competing against each other then hopefully it makes them both better.

Its a bit of a catch-22 for Seguin as he cant truly utilize his offensive skills unless hes playing a lot of minutes and getting power play time. At the same time, the Bruins need to get a gauge of Hamills NHL readiness before entertaining any deals for centers in place of a down and out Savard.

Meanwhile Hamill and Seguin were both slotted on the same forward line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, and it appears that both have been pitted in a competitive battle for playing time. With the knowledge that the Bruins want to see what Hamill can do at the NHL level and his pro experience at the AHL level, it appears that Seguin is headed for a healthy scratch against the Canadiens.

Its pretty clear that the Bruins are looking for something more out of Seguin, and part of that is getting another young player for the teenager to battle with for ice time.

Plenty of involvement for Bruins draft picks at the Beanpot tournament at TD Garden on Monday night, as Bs draft pick Tommy Cross became the hero of the game when the defenseman rocked home an overtime goal to take a 3-2 win for Boston College over arch-rival Boston University.

Johnny Boychuk chipped a puck off the boards and accidentally nailed Patrice Bergeron in the collar bone and chin after an errant bounce of the partition Tuesday at practice. Boychuk felt badly about the bad bounce, but the good news that Bergeron was okay certainly made him feel better.

I just saw him go off the ice, said Boychuk. As soon as I skated over toward him he was already going right off the ice. Just a bad bounce on the chip.

Julien is hoping David Krejci can continue to raise his level of play this month in Marc Savards absence when it appears that once again hes getting a chance to play the No. 1 center role on the Bruins.

He thrives on being relied upon and he likes those kinds of challenges. Id like to think that will happen again with Krejci, said Julien. Hes one of those guys that as the season goes on he gets better, and the more meaning for the games the better hes been playing. We need him to step his game up and play a big role for our hockey club, and hes capable of doing that. We hope it happens.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
 

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.  

*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.

*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.

*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.

*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.

*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.

*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.